Before we get into the process of making a new table look old… I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! We spent a much needed Saturday at home. Between sickness and traveling over the past few weeks, we were all behind on our chores, laundry, cleaning, mowing, etc., so we took a day to take care of those things. Picking up toys turned into organizing the basement and picking out toys to give to younger boys. That turned into hours of great playtime with toys that had been buried and forgotten. So, it was a balance of work and fun and a great lesson on the joys of being able to actually find your stuff!
Sunday was a bit more restful and involved church, some light yard work (the day was gorgeous), errands and dinner out with my parents. It was a nice break from the frenzy-that-is-my-life in the weeks leading up to the Lucketts Spring Market.
Anyway, today I’m going to share how I made a new-ish table I bought off of Craig’s List look like an old farmhouse table.
Would you believe that this…
…started out as this?
I had been hunting for a really great, large farm table for my space at Lucketts, but everything I was finding was just too expensive to sell at a profit. So, I decided to open my search to include new, solid wood tables that could be refinished to look old. That search yielded this newer table that had a great shape, but the shiny, orangey finish wasn’t the look I was going for.
I tried stripping off the finish with a chemical stripper, but it only took a little bit of the shine off. So, we had to go to sanding. Kriste sanded off the finish one afternoon when it was pretty and the table could be carried outside of the studio. It took some time, but she was able to get it down to the raw pine boards. Now it looked like a brand new, unfinished table. I wanted this new table to look old and worn, so I abused it with various sharp and blunt objects…denting, dinging, scratching and poking it.
I tried to be random with the marks, except for clusters of pinholes I made with a nail, meant to look like worm holes.
I wanted to give the wood a rich patina and a finish, so I slathered on some Antiquing Wax.
When the excess is wiped away, the Antiquing Wax stays in the dents, dings and “wormholes”, simulating the look of age, wear, and patina. It’s not quite as warm as pine that has been aged over decades, but it’s a great option for making a new table look old.
Here is a quick video on the finishing process, so you can see it in action.
The cool thing about using the Antiquing Wax is that it’s one step. It’s the technique and the finish all in one. I only applied one coat, buffed it by hand and then buffed it with a buffing pad on my orbital sander to make it smooth and slightly shiny. It’s not glossy, but the buffing pad brings out a luster.
And I love how it turned out. When I showed it to Kriste she said it didn’t even look like the same table.
We lightly sanded the table base and applied a coat of Lucketts Green followed by a coat of Ironstone. We then distressed and left the paint unfinished. (I say “we” because Kriste and I both worked on it during various stages.) I like the two-tone look for the legs, because it’s pretty common to see that on old tables. It also gives the legs some visual texture, since they are pretty smooth to the touch. The effect definitely made this new table look old, like it’s been hanging around in a farmhouse for a few decades. That’s just the look I was going for!
The table, and pretty much everything else in the photoshoot, will be available for sale at the Lucketts Spring Market!
And I just got boxes and boxes of ironstone and other goodies on a great shopping trip on Friday…